GIANT SAYS TRUCKER STRIKE, WEATHER CAUSED FISCAL DIP

WASHINGTON -- A five-week strike by its truck-driver union -- along with changes in weather patterns -- dealt a "double blow" to Giant Food's financial performance in the closing quarter of fiscal 1997, the company here said. on. Stores in operation both years saw a 6.9% decrease in sales. Earnings per share were 29 cents, compared with 75 cents for the year-ago quarter.For the 52 weeks ended Feb.

WASHINGTON -- A five-week strike by its truck-driver union -- along with changes in weather patterns -- dealt a "double blow" to Giant Food's financial performance in the closing quarter of fiscal 1997, the company here said.

on. Stores in operation both years saw a 6.9% decrease in sales. Earnings per share were 29 cents, compared with 75 cents for the year-ago quarter.

For the 52 weeks ended Feb. 22, sales increased 0.5%, from $3.86 billion to $3.88 billion. Net income dropp

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